Everything that begins must at some point end. It’s the circle of life, one that extends to all aspects of existence including the most important one of all– movies. Okay, we may be overstating it a bit, but like all artistic movements the progress of the film industry and its trends directly correlate to the interests and mood of society. If anything we’re doing humanity a service in this article, wherein we predict the steadfast decline of some of Hollywood’s most overblown, played out trends. We can’t guarantee all of these will soon be done away with but we can point out the writing on the wall in a very opinionated fashion. Here are 15 facets of the film industry– genres, business models, gimmicks, and everything in between– that seem to be on their way out.
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Stick a fork in this one. Outside of Marvel’s Phase 1 era and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Hollywood’s love affair with masked superhumans has been a shaky one. Following the success of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, Tinsel Town seems to be struggling to establish their next big comic book franchise. Green Lantern, Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, and Dredd all proved that middle tier comic heroes don’t carry huge cache with mainstream audiences. Meanwhile, reinventions of major heroes like Man of Steel and The Amazing Spider-man have proved financially successful, if divisive in widespread acceptance. Pardon our frankness when we make the proclamation that the genre is at a crossroads, one that looks to be leaning toward exhaustion if Marvel’s Phase 2 underwhelms and D.C.’s Justice League fall through.